Visto 1771 volte, scaricato 14 volte
vicino Winklern, Carinthia (Austria)
I started from a parking place on the road just north of Winklern. From here the B107 road starts climbing and will keep climbing for 34 km. Initially you climb slowly through the valley of the Möll river. After about 8 km you keep left on a recently constructed cycling path which takes you away from the road and close to the river for 3 km. In Döllach you cross the B107, and shortly after start the steeper climb to Apriach on the L20. Quickly you gain height and you have great views of the Möll valley and later of the Hohe Tauern and the Hochalpenstrasse in the distance. After about 3.5 km the road flattens off a bit, climbs a bit over 100 m in 3.5 km past Apriach and then levels at 1520 m for about 2.5 km. To the left you have good views of the Jungfernsprung waterfall and Heiligenblut and later your first glimpses of the snow-capped Grossglockner. About 9.5 km after you left Döllach the L20 joins the B107 again. From here to Hochtor it is another 12.6 km and 985 m ascent. After 2 km you pass the toll booth for the Hochalpenstrasse. The road climbs a further 2.2. km and then descends for 1.9 km to a roundabout where you start your winding climb to Hochtor for 6.6 km. Here there is a tunnel taking you to the Salzburg side of the pass. You could descend here and then climb the Edelweisspitze and return, another 16 km and 680 m ascend/descend. Otherwise you return to the Carinthian side. You then descend back to the roundabout and then go up to the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe for 8.4 km to the ‘Nationalparkplatz’. Here, you have the great view of the Grossglockner and the Pasterze glacier. It can also be very busy with tourists and cars. The last stretch of the climb just before the Höhe through the half-open tunnel is the steepest and a bit off-putting with the noise and exhaust fumes of all the cars and motorcycles passing. The rest of the route is great. See https://www.grossglockner.at/gg/en/grossglockner/kaiserfranzjosefshoehe for more information.
After your visit you return for your descent (with a little climb after the roundabout) to the start of the route. On the way back I returned via Heiligenblut via the B107 and skipped the cycle path.
You can find something to eat and drink at various places, among others at a kiosk at Hochtor, several places at and near the Kaiser-Franz-Josefs-Höhe, and in Heiligenblut.